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49ers Control the Game from the Beginning
Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season will be one to remembered. A number of the biggest names on both sides of the ball, suffered season long injuries. The injury bug did not steer clear of the 49ers. San Francisco came out on top 31-13 over the New York Jets, but might be down up to 9 starters due to injuries for Week 3.
San Francisco jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Raheem Mostert broke off an 80-yard TD run early in the first quarter. He ran the fastest speed (23.09 MPH) clocked by NextGen Stats in the last 5 seasons, beating his own record set last week. Luckily, the Jets never got anything going after multiple 49ers went down with injuries. The rest of the season will be defined by how the front office and coaching staff battles through these injuries.
Injuries Hurt Both Sides of the Ball
On the defensive side of the ball, both Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas suffered ACL tears that will require them to miss the rest of the season. Bosa went down holding his knee after it twisted awkwardly during a run play by the Jets. Just a few plays later Thomas went down with the same injury. DJ Jones has an ankle injury and is listed as questionable for Week 3. Dee Ford is still dealing with a back injury and is questionable for Week 3 as well.
The offensive side also saw a handful of injuries. Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a high ankle sprain after being tackled by Quinnen Williams in the first quarter. As of Tuesday morning, Head Coach Kyle Shanahan would not rule Jimmy G out of Week 3. Running backs Raheem Mostert (MCL Sprain) and Tevin Coleman (Knee Sprain) were also banged up during the game. Shanahan has ruled both backs out for Week 3, but it seems like Coleman may miss some more time. George Kittle missed Week 2 with an MCL Sprain and is listed as week-to-week.
In corresponding moves, the 49ers have DL added Ezekiel Ansah to the roster on a one year deal and promoted Dion Jordan to the active roster.
Looking Ahead to Next Week
Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers will look to guys like Jerik McKinnon and Jeff Wilson potentially to handle some of the workload left behind by Mostert and Coleman. One of the highlights from Sunday was the performance from TE Jordan Reed. He caught 7 passes for 50 yard and 2 TDs. Reed is familiar with the Shanahan offense after spending time with him in Washington. It will be a “next man up” approach for at least the next couple weeks until the number of injured 49ers return. San Francisco takes on the New York Giants in their second game of the east coast trip.
Stats & Important Notes
- Nick Bosa & Solomon Thomas suffer ACL tears
- Jimmy G might miss time with high-ankle sprain
- Mostert & Coleman will miss Week 3 with knee injuries
- Kittle still listed as week-to-week
- Dee Ford still questionable for Week 3
- Jordan Reed catches 2 TDs
- Mostert breaks speed mark for 2nd time in 2 weeks